Olympic Flame makes its way through Scotland
Thousands of people across Scotland have taken the opportunity to see the Olympic Flame, as the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay continues its 70-day journey around the UK ahead of this summer’s Games. The Flame arrived in Stranraer on 7 June after travelling around Northern Ireland, with the Scottish leg of the Relay beginning the following day.
Scottish Sports Minister Shona Robison said: “The Torch Relay is a chance for communities to share in the Olympic spirit and support our Torchbearers. From Cairnryan, round Scotland and back to Berwick, the route has been chosen to touch as many people as possible, take in our most iconic places and showcase the best of Scotland to an international audience.
“Scotland is already taking part in the Olympic Games, with eight world class football matches at Hampden (for more information on tickets, go to www.tickets.london2012.com) and playing host to pre-Games training camps. The Torch’s arrival is a prime opportunity to put Scotland on a world stage.”
A total of 128 Torchbearers carried the Flame on its first day in Scotland, beginning with 21-year-old Ross Mcclelland, from Ayr. The Flame then visited landmarks such as the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Hampden Park before an evening celebration in George Square, Glasgow. Other Torchbearers included Scottish actor James McAvoy, three-time Olympic silver medallist Katherine Grainger and former Olympic curling gold medallist Rhona Martin.
The following day saw the Olympic Flame travel over 169 miles on its journey from Glasgow to Inverness, carried by 92 inspirational Torchbearers including Emma Baird, 16, who was nominated for her determination in overcoming her health problems to play sport.
The day also saw the Flame travel across Loch Ness by boat, as well as visiting Loch Lomond, and Urquhart Castle. Following an evening celebration in Inverness, the Relay restarted the following day, travelling 29.7 miles on its journey to Stornoway.
On its way, the Flame was carried by 40 inspirational Torchbearers and visited the Orkney and Shetland Islands, as well as John O’Groats – one of the most northerly settlements of mainland Great Britain.
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